Zig Zag Productions has optioned three Sparks Networks formats, including Hide and Seek, Jockey Stars and Wanted, to produce local versions of for UK broadcasters.
The indie production company will look to remake Hide and Seek (pictured above), a format from T Group and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite. In the format, families play a big game of hide and seek with the assistance of camouflage experts, special effects make-up, set designers and more to hide from a celebrity seeker. If they’re not found, the family wins a cash prize.
Zig Zag also acquired the UK rights to Jockey Stars from Galway’s Abu Media. The reality show, which launched on Irish channel TG4, follows hopeful jockeys as they endure three months of training for a horse-race that names the next champion jockey.
The UK rights were also optioned for Montreal-based Trio Orange’s date show format Wanted. In the show, contestants find their mate through an Internet and social media search, using specialist psychological profilers. In the end, five possible candidates take part in challenges as the contestant makes their decision.
“These are three very different but equally compelling formats that we think have huge potential,” said Danny Fenton, CEO of Zig Zag Productions. “We’re very excited to be bringing them to UK broadcast partners.”